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Nanotech turns bricks into batteries

Today 12:00pm - The humble house brick has been turned into a battery that can store electricity, raising the possibility that buildings could one day become literal powerhouses

South Africa tightens restrictions for new coal power in landmark ruling

Monday - South Africa is tightening environmental demands for new coal-fired power plants, after a ‘landmark’ ruling that licences for water use should consider the risks of climate change.

Is this the end for King Coal in Britain?

Monday - As the black stuff burnt in the United Kingdom plummets to a level not seen since the early steam age, The Guardian traces its long, deep history and the problems left in its wake.

India plans to fell ancient forest to create 40 new coalfields

Monday - Narendra Modi’s dream of a "self-reliant India" comes at a terrible price for its indigenous population

BP cuts oil production in favour of green energy

7 Aug 20 - BP is taking its business in a new direction, announcing it will slash its oil and gas production by 40 per cent and increase its annual investment in low-carbon technology to $5 billion, a 10-fold increase over its current level.

Business risk and covid-19 are pushing Asian financiers away from coal

7 Aug 20 - The use of coal as an energy source is steadily declining in the US and Europe, but coal mining and the construction of coal-fired power plants continues across South and Southeast Asia.

Europe is going all-in on hydrogen power - why isn’t the US?

7 Aug 20 - Once upon a time, hydrogen was supposed to be the future of energy. The possibilities for hydrogen power seemed endless: it could fuel our cars, heat our homes, and even power our airplanes. But 175 years after the creation of the first “gas battery,” the technology has yet to reach its full potential.


Wood cheaper than electricity for emissions cuts, says Fonterra

5 Aug 20 - Fonterra favours wood over electricity for reducing emissions from its South Island plants.

Downstream turns on the power

4 Aug 20 - Pumped-hydro, a "blind" focus on renewable electricity instead of cutting emissions from all energy systems, and the closure of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter are all on the agenda at this year's...

Big Oil takes big hit from covid-19

4 Aug 20 - The world's leading oil and gas giants are revealing the scale of the damage inflicted on the industry by the coronavirus pandemic, with top American companies reporting billions in losses while some...

More coal power-generation closed than opened last year

4 Aug 20 - The size of the global coal power fleet fell for the first time on record over the first six months of the year, with more generation capacity shutting than starting operation.

Big Hydro not the only way, says energy expert

Prof Ralph Sims

27 Jul 20 - Paying industry not to use electricity during peak demand should be considered as an alternative to a multi-billion-dollar new hydro scheme, an energy expert says.

Stored electricity can make cleaner fuels

22 Jul 20 - With renewable energy now the cheapest way of mass-producing electricity, the race is on to find the best way to conserve the surplus for use at peak times, and also to use the stored electricity to...

Making electricity from methane-rich water

21 Jul 20 - The massive Lake Kivu stores huge amounts of methane gas, which Rwanda is extracting to produce electricity.

Booming wood-pellet business is bad for the climate

14 Jul 20 - The United States' Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose a new rule declaring burning biomass to be carbon neutral, as industry looks to expand its domestic markets.

Greens put pressure on coal-fired boilers

13 Jul 20 - The Green Party wants coal-fired industrial boilers outlawed within five years.

After the global oil and gas industry crash, what next?

13 Jul 20 - AN ESTIMATED $US1.6tn has been wiped from the global oil and gas industry this year, but the danger for Australia’s LNG sector remains little acknowledged.

ARDERN: Watch this space

6 Jul 20 - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is hinting at a major announcement on renewable energy.

$10b of precious metals dumped each year in e-waste

6 Jul 20 - At least $10 billion worth of gold, platinum and other precious metals are dumped every year in the growing mountain of electronic waste that is polluting the planet, according to a new UN report.


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